I dont think Kaavya will be thinking that now ! being 19 and watching her near future ( if not all of her future) crumbling down, and being made fun of is probably not an enviable situation ... no matter what; infact me thinks ( unless she finds out some mysterious form of undergoing an identity change) that she will remain the Kaavya who " Got a Book , Copied It , Published It and Got Spanked on the bottom for it "
except that in this case it is not just a hairbrush with which the spanking has been metted out !
But then given the facts that the then CM of AP declared that he wanted the roads in Hyderabad to look like those in Singapore, or the accountancy system of Indians that is so convienently borrowed by the Brits , oh and not to mention most of our other Acts and Laws , where most students of auditing or accountancy study Brit definitions for accounting terms, where " "by-heart" and write " or "Copy from the board children" are a common practise in schools, where Dhoom is based on "Fast and Furious " (or some other similar sounding Hollywood movie),where Preity Zinta can play the India'a answer to Julia Roberts as a pick up girl in "chori chori chupke chupke" with elan .. ( anyday , I loved Julia Roberts and Pretty Woman better than this one , believe me when I say it was an ordeal to sit through the 3 hours of Preity - Salman-Rani fiasco) I think I can understand how whole passages got into her book !
Oh now !!!! dont get me wrong ! im not saying that whole of India does that , who can deny the genius of Amartya Sen or Rabindranath Tagore or Sarojini Naidu or even of Arundhati Roy ( though her God of small things had me reaching out for a headache pill and an ENO packet) Vikram Seth ( whose "An Equal Music" had the same effect as Ms Roy's book or Satyajit Ray ? Genuine talent does and will continue to exist in our country, but sadly will remain hidden under all these allegations of plagarisms, and "Indians being good at copying only" statements ....
WEll, now, this passage is genuine .... I havent lifted any passages from any one else , oh but yes , all the names are not made up, they existed even before i hit the brain wave of writing this piece :p